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MacWorld.co.uk previews what we can expect at CES next week.

The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) kicks off in Las Vegas on January 5 and this time it's all about high-definition, portable video, home networking and fun.

CES promises to offer several items of interest to Mac users this year. The ongoing Blu-ray vs HD-DVD battle will continue with more announcements on each side. Pioneer is expected to show off its first commercial Blu-ray drive for computers. Blu-ray is a next-generation high-definition DVD format which Apple has backed.

Intel is also expected to make announcements regarding both their new mobile-processor (Yonah) as well as their Viiv entertainment platform, both technologies which have been rumored and speculated to find their way into future Apple computers.
 

Lacero

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Cool!

Do you think Apple might release a Mac mini with DVR capabilities earlier than expected at CES instead of at MWSF?

Steve would reserve MWSF exclusively for the Intel laptop debut and iPod shuffles introductions.
 
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Aeolius

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TiVo will also have a booth at CES. Perhaps we'll see that cable-ready dual-tuner HDTV unit with full OS X compatibility. ::ducking:: :D
 
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Chaszmyr

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This might be exciting, but it's completely overshadowed by the fact that MWSF is only 5 days later.
 
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SiliconAddict

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Watch as the BR vs. HDVD pissing contests hit a crescendo. I almost expect to see kickboxing fights break out on the floor. Sony hires the Yakuza and HDDVD hires Fat Tony and his mob.
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BornAgainMac

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Lacero said:
Cool!

Do you think Apple might release a Mac mini with DVR capabilities earlier than expected at CES instead of at MWSF?

I don't remember Apple ever announcing anything for this show. They like to have Steve introduce it formally. Maybe this year will be different.
 
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hvfsl

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Talking about computer expos, I think there should be a big count-down timer to MacWorld SF at the top of the page. :D
 
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alexstein

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Since Pioneer is to introduce the first Blu-ray drive for commercial use how long do you guys think until we will see them in our machines?
 
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jrober

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SiliconAddict said:
...Sony hires the Yakuza and HDDVD hires Fat Tony and his mob.

lol That is worth the entrance fee alone and may break the tedium before Steve takes the stage later in Jan.
 
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evomac

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Blue Ray

An article on tomshardware suggested that the BD-drive with burning capabilities will be available for $500. Pioneer believes that enthusiats and digital media people will be the first adopters.:)

To me this suggests an quick availablility for the pro mac lines.
:D

I would love for apple to be the first comp company to offer the next gen standard.

I would pay! (if i had any money that is)
 
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djlu

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The Pioneer BDR-101A drive is probably not going to be in any consumer machine as it does not even read CD's. I don't think most people would want to put a separate CD-RW drive in their machines. I think it is really made for video professionals who need to produce BDR check disks.

Doug
 
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Lacero

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BornAgainMac said:
I don't remember Apple ever announcing anything for this show. They like to have Steve introduce it formally. Maybe this year will be different.
Does Apple even have a presence at CES? Unsure, but I'll bet there'll be plenty of iPods around the showroom floor from third party iPod vendors.

CES is so much bigger than MWSF, I think maybe Apple would enter in 2007 since they are headed towards the consumer space.


 
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BenRoethig

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alexstein said:
Since Pioneer is to introduce the first Blu-ray drive for commercial use how long do you guys think until we will see them in our machines?

seeing that the PowerMac is the only current Mac with a full sized optical drive, it could be a while.
 
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nagromme

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Are the first HD-DVD units for computers out already? Or will BD beat them to market?

(And why would the first units NOT be able to read CDs? They've got the right color laser if they can read DVDs, right? How much cost could they have saved by making it impossible to play/rip music with these first drives?)
 
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To those wondering if/whether Apple would unveil something at CES.. Look back at the time around last year's CES and all the press releases, etc. Did any really rise to the top, or was it a landslide of announcements? Its always like a zillion things competing for 20 seconds on CNN's "Science and technology" blurb.

By waiting 5 days from the opening of CES, Apple can basically ensure they get the entire "Computer/Electronics" spotlight for the day's news (if not the whole week).

When events get that big, you have to wonder why companies bother introducing anything new there. Everyone has something cool to show off.

Why share the spotlight with 1000 other companies?
 
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Cinch

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Lacero said:
Cool!

Do you think Apple might release a Mac mini with DVR capabilities earlier than expected at CES instead of at MWSF?

Steve would reserve MWSF exclusively for the Intel laptop debut and iPod shuffles introductions.


What about Blu-Ray Mac mini, the next digital hub. I used to dismiss optical drive technology as a has been, and the future of video delivery is through download. However, imagine high definition movies (20-30 GB in size) that take full advantage of plasma or LCD screen capability? This certainly provide compeling reason to continue this technology. Piracy and being able to better control distribution of their (Hollywood) work is what Apple has in mind.

Cinch
 
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ksz

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Perhaps 2006 will be a better year for HD, but still not *the* year. That will probably be 2007 or 2008. Let's get those PS3s (i.e. Blu-Ray DVD players) into store shelves quickly. There is also talk of Microsoft shipping a high-def DVD player with Xbox 360s next year, first in Japan to compete with PS3, then elsewhere.

Picture of a Pioneer Blu-Ray DVD drive from a computer expo in Taipei 4 weeks ago...almost ready to ship.
 

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